Amazing Stories’ Steve Davidson answered media announcements about the revival of a TV series by that name (like the Los Angeles Times’ story “Steven Spielberg will revive ’80s NBC series ‘Amazing Stories’ for Apple”) in a statement for File 770 —
No, NBC does not have a signed agreement to use the name Amazing Stories.
The last I and my attorney heard from them was an email, stating that they were sorry for the delay in getting back to us, but they were consulting with numerous people.
That was about two-three weeks before the Apple announcement.
I now view that email as an attempt to delay us pending the Apple deal (suggesting that NBC may have misrepresented what they had to Apple).
Or it could mean they were advised that there was little chance I’d sue them for trademark infringement. (Let’s see, what is a juicier potential lawsuit, one vs NBC or one vs NBC and Apple Inc…?)
My attorney is in the process of contacting Apple Inc’s legal machine to inform them of reality. My attorney is also now officially “fed up” with this stuff.
I am in the process of tweeting and yelling far and wide over this.
I currently have absolutely no plans whatsoever to license NBC to use the name. They’ve tried to threaten, intimidate, cajole and misrepresent their way to obtaining those rights and I have absolutely no confidence that they won’t try more of the same in the future.
Anyone who knows anything about NBC, Spielberg, Apple & etc., who is willing to help, please contact me.
I will probably need to do crowdfunding for legal action and expect that something along those lines will be the next major announcement in this story.
I will be more than happy to provide relevant paperwork and contact info for my attorney where it is appropriate.
A month ago Davidson detailed the history of negotiations explaining “Why Amazing Stories Isn’t Back on NBC”. Today, in an Amazing Stories editorial, “More NBC Bullshit”, he said this is his current position —
Why I allowed myself to be convinced that we could work things out, in the face of everything that had gone before…well…shit happens, I guess. But you know, there’s that old expression about fooling me twice….
It’s not gonna happen. I want nothing to do with NBC and I want them to have nothing to do with Amazing Stories.